When a disaster strikes an area, local people can lose their homes and villages. Some catastrophes can cause a great number of people to be injured or killed. When this happens, there is a dire need for emergency management and quick, substantial solutions to provide emergency shelter or hospitals. The best way to give this humanitarian aid is to erect disaster relief tents. These tents, or rapid redeployment shelters, as they are often known, offer an economical solution but they must be durable, affordable and highly portable while also needing the minimum requirement of manpower and have no need for special tools.
In these difficult situations, many of the victims are disorientated and scared so to help with the recovery plan, structures need to be quickly assembled to offer organization, normality and security to the utter chaos that reigns after any devastation. It is important for tent installation crews to be experts at efficient, safe and rapid erection or dismantle of these shelters. Sometimes, if prompt relocation is required they must be prepared and aware.
As well as easily assembled, these disaster relief tents need to be adaptable and resilient. They have to be able to withstand extreme weather conditions with high winds and snow, or extreme heat. They need to have floors as sometimes beds are laid on the floor and the ground can often be sodden with mud. They also need to have vented roofs to allow good ventilation, with the enormous number of people that can possibly be housed or treated in a tent such as these, the ventilation would be essential.
Some of these structures can be smaller and more designed as a family accommodation shelter system. Sometimes this is a necessity if many homes have been damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster or war. These small shelters should be comfortable and adaptable as they might have to house a large family. Separate compartments are essential for a small amount of privacy, and good ventilation and flooring are again of utmost importance. The ability to withstand extreme conditions is again very important as these temporary lodgings might be ‘home’ for a long period of time, possibly through harsh winters or summers.
There are many tasks to which these emergency tents can be assigned. They are not only important for providing hospital beds or sheltering disaster victims, they are also regularly used for housing relief workers and medical crews; providing safe and clean clinics for minor treatment; portable barracks for soldiers; storage facilities; food services and catering and many other types of field services.
There have been many humanitarian endeavors needed over the centuries. Whether it is because of natural disaster or man-made, it is important that everyone rallies around to help in some small way. All sorts of things can be considered as a disaster: storms, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, war, refugees, emergency evacuation, quarantine, mass decontamination. All of these are extremely serious and need emergency management and organization. With the help of volunteers and aid workers and the reliability and accessibility of disaster relief tents, it is possible to make these disasters a little less catastrophic during the aftermath.